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Supply Teachers

Crown Commercial Service is working with the Department for Education (DfE) to develop a new commercial agreement for the provision of supply teachers for the public education sector. 


The scope for this Framework Contract is for all temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching roles within the public sector to schools, colleges and other educational establishments, including academies, trusts, nurseries, pupil referral units, children centres and further education institutions, across the UK.

The Core roles within the scope of this Framework Contract are temporary Supply Teachers. Buyers can also source unqualified teachers, education support staff and other temporary staff, including Headteacher, Senior Leadership, admin and clerical staff, IT staff, finance staff, estates and maintenance, and cleaners.

To ensure that workers are recruited in accordance with best practices, including robust background screening, suppliers providing workers under the Supply Teachers agreement will have to obtain an industry standard certificate from an approved Accreditation Body.


Accreditation Bodies

The organisations which DfE and CCS have approved are:

Ø  Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC): Audited Certificate

Ø  Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo): Compliance+

Ø  Standards in Recruitment (SiR): Teacher Agency Standards



Market Engagement - 2018 Webinars

CCS/DfE held webinars on Monday 12th March to provide an update on the Supply Teachers procurement, including the structure of the framework, the communications strategy and current timelines.  The webinar also gave stakeholders an opportunity to ask

Stakeholders can view the presentation or listen to one of the recorded webinars by clicking on the appropriate link:



REC Webinar

APSCo Webinar


A Prior Information Notice (PIN) was published in March 2017.

Contract Notice

The Contract Notice was published on 26 April 2018


Early Market Engagement

REC Presentation

CCS and DfE jointly presented at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) education sector meeting on 1 March 2017.  This presentation included an introduction to our workforce team, an overview of the supply teachers requirement, the challenges schools are facing in this category, plus an overview of how to respond to tenders and the procurement process we will follow.




Following the REC presentation we produced a questionnaire to enable stakeholders an opportunity to input into strategic approach for the procurement.



Industry Events

We held two supplier events, hosted by the industry bodies, to provide an update on the Supply Teachers procurement.  This included an overview of the responses to the stakeholder questionnaire, an update on the projected timescales, and a review of how to respond to CCS tender opportunities.

  • REC Education Sector meeting (members only) — Tuesday 13 June London
  • APSCo Education Sector meeting (members only) — Monday 19 June London




For stakeholders that were unable to attend the industry events a Webinar was held on Wednesday 28 June. This Webinar was recorded and is available to view via the link below:



Questions and Answers

Throughout this consultation period, and especially around the industry events and webinar, we have received questions from stakeholders in relation to the procurement. Themes of the questions included stakeholder engagement, how to tender, working with SMEs, benefits of the agreement, quality assurance, commercial models and digital apps, and we have published these questions along with our responses.


Supply Teachers FAQ July 2017


Further questions/comments can be submitted to the team via the Supply Teachers inbox: supplyteachers[at][dot]uk


Engagement with Schools

The Department for Education recently issued an Expression of Interest communication to increase awareness of the forthcoming deal and identify interested Schools/Academies that we can target on launch of the deal. 


Current Indicative Timescales



Stakeholder Engagement


Finalise strategy & business case including internal & external peer review & approval process


Sourcing Function: development / finalisation of OJEU documentation

February - April

Tender activity: 120 day target from OJEU release to Award, activities include:

  • OJEU Contract Notice

  • Tender return

  • Evaluation and Moderation / Consensus


OJEU release: 26 April 2018

Tender Return: 31 May 2018

Evaluation: June – July

Framework Award

August 2018

Framework commencement

August 2018


Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) in OJEU

View PIN

Contract Notice in OJEU

View OJEU Notice

Download tender documents

View Tender documents 

View Core Terms

View Framework Schedules

View Joint Schedules

View Call-Off Schedules